Court action looms between supporters of the Gitwangak Education Society and the Gitwangak Band Council.
A dispute over who controls the education society has led to the occupation of the band office board room for nearly two months.
Supporters of the education society oppose the band council taking it over, citing concerns over transparency and consultation.
Anita Davis is a Gitwangak hereditary chief and one of the organizers opposing the band council.
She says she and other occupiers have been served with a notice the band council is applying for an injunction to have them removed.
Davis says they’ll continue to occupy the boardroom if the injunction fails, but says they’ll have to decide their next step if an injunction is awarded.
Band council elections are in May, and while Davis is confident a newly council will be sympathetic to their concerns, she says it’s still several months away, which for her is too long to leave the issue unresolved.
The Gitwangak Band Council released a statement yesterday saying they’ll continue to fulfill their mandate to band members by ensuring all departments are financially open and transparent.
The Gitwangak Education Society provides educational and cultural learning services to the Gitwangak Band, and is currently managed by the band council.